About Rania

I'm Rania Harris, an experienced caterer and cooking aficionado. Welcome to my home on the Internet. This site is designed to reflect the joy I get from cooking, catering and sharing recipes with my friends.

Food is always a subject people are interested in and there seems to be so much self satisfaction in creating beautiful and memorable meals. We're happy when we can gather around a table with friends and family to enjoy a great meal and conversation. For over 30 years, through WTAE and KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, I've had great pleasure in being able to be a part of that experience as I share my love of food through teaching and cooking.

CONNECT WITH ME:
It's a good thing that I love to cook, I've been doing it since I was 12! I was born in New York City, my mother worked and my father ran a diner in Harlem. When I was born, a neighbor, who was a German woodcrafter, gave my mother a rolling pin that he had made. "This is all I can give you for the birth of your child," he said. Little did he know that I would later become a certified pastry chef, having studied with Gunther Heiland, the Austrian pastry master and owner of Desserts International in Exton, PA. I'm a good "bench baker," I like the grudge work, producing mass amounts of things. But don't ask me to decorate!
When I was 9 years old my family moved to Pittsburgh. I have one older sister. When I was 12, I did all the cooking - everyone worked, and when they came home, I was expected to have dinner ready.

In 1979, I began baking for restaurants and gourmet shops in the area, including Kaufmann's Department Store bakery in downtown Pittsburgh. For 10 years, I baked and sold pastries, specializing in the pastries of my Greek Orthodox heritage. By word-of-mouth, my business grew and expanded into full service catering. I didn't even have a listed phone number!

In 1985 I opened my own kitchen at our current location of 100 Central Square, in Mt. Lebanon.

You'll find information here about my catering services, all of my cooking classes as well as links to all of my featured recipes that I know you'll enjoy and use time and time again. Feel free to e-mail me with your questions and requests about my catering services or cooking classes in Pittsburgh!

CLIENT REVIEWS

What they’re saying..
  • ” We have received so many compliments on our wedding food and wedding cake from Rania's Catering. Our guests are saying it was the best food and cake they have ever had at a wedding! Rania worked with us to help pick out the best hors d'oeuvre and dinner for our guests to enjoy. I would 100% recommend Rania's Catering to other brides planning their wedding!”

    Amanda

  • ” Rania and her team are true professionals. The food was a culinary delight! Service was exceptional. Special shout out to Floor Managers Cindy and Jessica!!!! We recommend Rania highly and without any reservation what so ever! We look forward to using her services again for future crlebrations. Thank you, Rania, for helping to make Sara and Jeff's wedding so special!!!!”

    Denise

  • ” Rania will take the extra steps to make your event exactly as you envision -- and make great suggestions to make it even better. Rania and her entire staff's attention to detail and personalization far exceeded our expectations. All staff members go out of their way to make for a relaxed and stress-free event. By the end of your event, you will have a new "Best Friend". ”

    Sandra

  • ” I was so very impressed with the entire experience from the planning meetings to the actual day of the wedding. We were always treated in a professional and caring manner. My daughter wanted to have a wedding that was not set in tradition and any idea that she had was carried out in such an elegant manner. The feedback from family and friends was incredible.”

    Sharon

 

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